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Corrosion–fatigue crack initiation in metals

Naturevolume 266pages517518 (1977) | Download Citation



A DEFINITE relationship has been observed between the cyclic plastic strain-enhanced dissolution behaviour of metals in aqueous electrolytes and their corrosion–fatigue behaviour in similar conditions of environment and potential. The existence of such a relationship was first suggested in 19701, and the present work forms part of a wide study to examine the various effects of dynamic fatigue strains on electrode reactions at corroding metal surfaces.

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  1. Department of Chemistry and Metallurgy, Faculty of Applied Science, Lanchester Polytechnic, Priory Street, Coventry, UK

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